When you’re a college student your life gets super-busy, which can leave very little time for cooking. You can take the easy route to fill your tummy—eating out—but that can get expensive and isn’t usually that healthy.
You can eat well and save money—to pay for college. Here are some good recipe ideas.
Good Food For A Good Price
How To Budget for Food
Some college students don’t have a lot of experience grocery shopping on their own and it can be overwhelming if it’s new to you. All you need is a little bit of discipline on your food budget.
Here are some tips that will help you better manage your food expenses while on going to college.
Do you have an on-campus meal plan? Use it. Don’t spend money eating out.
Plan a weekly menu. Plan four or five items you can cook and use the leftovers on the days you don’t feel like cooking. This will help you figure out what food you need to buy.
Make a weekly food budget. You can do your grocery shopping based on the recipes you have planned ahead. That way, you won’t go over budget.
If you’re a coffee fan, make your coffee at home. Buying coffee everyday adds up, you can pick up an inexpensive coffee maker for less than $20.
Always keep an eye out for sales.
When you buy veggies and fruits, it’s usually cheaper to buy loose. If packaged goods are on sale, go a head and buy it.
Don’t waste food. It’s almost like throwing money in the garbage. Know how much you consume and buy accordingly.
Take advantage of student discounts at grocery stores—literally everywhere possible—you just have to ask.
Use coupons. It takes time, but it’s worth it. Set aside 30 minutes each week to find coupons.
Going to college is also a time for you to learn life skills. Learning to save money early on can add a lot of benefits to your life.